Sunday, April 09, 2017

Keeper For The Day - Part 2 (FD)

If you missed it, you can read part 1 here.

After the Meerkats it was time to feed some Penguins.

Some children who were at the park came up to see the Penguins while we were in feeding them, so Julie left me throwing fish for the Penguins while she did the talk for them. Here's a video of me feeding the penguins while Julie does the first part of her penguin talk:

Kelly also took some photos of the Penguins...

...Including a couple of Slasher the 25 year old Rock Hopper Penguin...

It was fun, but I have to admit I was glad to have gloves between me and the fish I was throwing for them. Also, throwing fish to penguins is hard on the back and shoulders... Just saying.

Anyhow, they never did decide they'd had enough fish. But when Julie decided they'd had enough, we headed off to see some other animals.

We said, "Hello," in passing to some of them, including these Sacred Ibis:

This Eagret:

These Lop-Eared Rabbits:

And this Flamingo:

Then we went to have our "meet and greet" with the Beavers and Capybaras, and to feed them. Well, mostly to feed them, since they decided it was too wet to come out and do the "meet and greet" part.

This Beaver did brave the rain long enough to check out what was on offer for breakfast:

But the Capybaras were not coming out of the sheltered spot they'd found, even for food. Julie tried everything, but they weren't having it. She did offer to try and take me across to them, but since she almost slipped herself trying to get over there, we just thanked her for trying and said it was OK. We did leave them their food though, and Kelly grabbed a couple of photos:

Even the Beavers thought being in their den was better in such wet weather:

So, we left them to sleep in the dry, and headed off for our next animal encounter.

Next was feeding time for the bats. I forget what kind of bat Julie said they were, but here's a photo of some of them:

This Common Marmoset was in with the bats, so we fed him too:

Here's another of the bats:

Also in the same enclosure was this Sloth. Julie did tell me his name, but I don't remember what it was. Anyway, here he is:

None of them came quite close enough for me to touch, but a bat flew so close to me as it passed that I felt the draught from its wings, and being able to say I fed them is cool, anyhow.

After that it was time for our lunch, so we headed to the cafe where I had pizza and chips (fries) and Kelly had lasagne. Let me tell you I was glad for the chance to sit down by this point! I'll tell you next time what I did after lunch.


Rita said...

What did you feed the bats? They look kind of like fruit bats, but I don't know bats well enough to tell. The penguins were a hoot. Yes, all that tossing would be hard on the arm and shoulder. This looks like such fun. Can't blame some of them for wanting to stay dry and warm, though--LOL! :)

Victoria Zigler said...

We think you're right that they're fruit bats. Anyway, I was setting up sweetcorn on branches for them to eat. They do eat other foods too, but I was only in charge of veggies (other than with the penguins) and didn't hand out any of the special feeds. We sliced up corn on the cob, and then popped the center bit out so there was a hole in the middle and it made a sort of corn on the cob ring, and then used that hole to slide it on to the branches.

Jeanie said...

I love your zoo posts. What a great visit and I love seeing the animals. The penguins are fun. I sure would love to see those different big birds close up! They're gorgeous. And what do bats eat? Oh, I just read your answer to Rita. Who knew? I'll look forward to the next post!

Victoria Zigler said...

I'm glad you're enjoying the posts so much. I certainly didn't know before now that bats like corn on the cob. You learn something new every day, huh?

Jayde_Bramblerose said...

seems like you had a fantastic day Tori, looking forward to hearing part 3 and 4. love Nan xx

Victoria Zigler said...

Yes, it was a lovely day.

Intense Guy said...

Love the Penguins!!! Wow, they really zoom along!

And the flamingos are so goofy looking! Smiles.

Victoria Zigler said...

I knew you'd love the penguins. *smiles*